SugarSync is ending its free plan, Bitrix24 increases storage for Professional plan

SugarSync, the well-known file sync-and-share application, has announced that it will be discontinuing ist5 GB Free Online Storage – free 5G storage plan, effective 8 February 2014.

The CEO, Mike Grossman said

There are many companies in this space that are giving away free storage. However, most of these companies will not be viable. We are already in a solid financial position and this shift will further strengthen our business.

Perhaps this is a sign of the growing maturity in the marketplace for file sync-and-share, and another proof that it has become the distributed core of today’s computing model (see Hightail raises $35M: the file sync-and-share market is red hot for a detailed discussion of the distributed core architecture). There a small number of market leaders — like Hightail, Box, SugarSync, and Dropbox — and offerings that directly compete or overlap from Microsoft, Google, and Apple, so there is increased competitive pressures among the leaders, but no real challenge from new tiny start-ups, perhaps.

There certainly is room for specialized players, like Interlinks VIA and RR Donnelly’s Roundtable, whose background in the world of highly confidential information in financial services, deal management, and corporate boards provides them a community they have deep connections with, a community concerned about the consumer-oriented features of many of the other players.

However, it looks like the days of zero cost file sync-and-share may be coming to a close, at least for companies who are increasingly servicing enterprise customers, or people whose needs are way beyond 5G’s of storage.

In related news, Bitrix24 has announced a number of upgrades to its work management solution:

  • Bitrix24.Drive, the company’s file sync-and-share solution, now offers 1T of storage for companies using the Professional plan. Note that Bitrix24 still offers a free plan, and both personal and company files can be managed at the same time, similar to a recent announcement by Dropbox (see Dropbox for Business is only the start: next, work management and office apps).
  • Bitrix24’s CRM now has its own activity streams, and new reporting options. An integration with Zingaya’s VoxImplant brings integrated VoIP calls right into the CRM.
  • Bitrix24’s Project Management and Time Management modules are more integrated, and a new Task Counter watches for tasks and projects that may run late.
  • Mobile apps have been improves and an integration with Mailchimp is now available in the Bitrix24 markeplace.